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Crewel World | [Monica Ferris]

Crewel World

When Betsy Devonshire arrived in Excelsior, Minnesota, all she wanted was to visit her sister Margot and get her life in order. She never dreamed her sister would give her a place to stay and a job at her needlecraft shop. In fact, things had never looked so good - until Margot was murdered. In a town this friendly, it's hard to imagine who could have committed such a horrible act, but Betsy has a few ideas. There's an ex-employee who wants to start her own needlework store. And there's the landlord who wanted Margot out. Now Betsy's putting together a list of motives and suspects....
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Publisher's Summary

When Betsy Devonshire arrived in Excelsior, Minnesota, all she wanted was to visit her sister Margot and get her life in order. She never dreamed her sister would give her a place to stay and a job at her needlecraft shop. In fact, things had never looked so good - until Margot was murdered. In a town this friendly, it's hard to imagine who could have committed such a horrible act, but Betsy has a few ideas. There's an ex-employee who wants to start her own needlework store. And there's the landlord who wanted Margot out. Now Betsy's putting together a list of motives and suspects to figure out this killer's pattern of crime….

©1999 Monica Ferris (P)2011 AudioGO

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    beatrice Houston, TX, United States 07-17-12
    beatrice Houston, TX, United States 07-17-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Good Start"

    This is a good beginning to a new series. The characters are likeable and the story is believable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Yvonne Montrose, CO, United States 06-04-12
    Yvonne Montrose, CO, United States 06-04-12
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    "What I call a fun fluffy mystery."
    Would you listen to Crewel World again? Why?

    I already have. Probably will again as I like the characters ,subject matter and not too graphic.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Crewel World?

    When the ladies start to suspect who the killer is (don't want to give it away)


    Have you listened to any of Susan Boyce’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listen at work so am happy to have long stretches to keep up with the story.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joan Austin, TX, United States 05-28-12
    Joan Austin, TX, United States 05-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Pleasant Enough: Satisfaction, No Intrigue"
    Would you try another book from Monica Ferris and/or Susan Boyce?

    The characters were likeable and the story engaging enough to hold my interest, so I might try another book by Monica Ferris in the future when I run out of books in my favorite series or by my more preferred authors.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting: it is set in a yarn shop.
    Least interesting: it is set in a yarn shop.


    What does Susan Boyce bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Susan Boyce read well enough, but I thought she made some of the characters sound much older than they were described. I'm in my 50s and I don't think I sound like an old woman!


    Do you think Crewel World needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    This book is the first of the Needlecraft series. I love the clever titles.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is worth a try. I liked it well enough to consider listening to more of the series in the future. I didn't like it well enough to immediately work my way through all of them right now, one after the other.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 04-05-12
    Jean Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 04-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "So-So"

    The story was pleasant enough and I might have bought others (on sale) in this series as I am a fibre enthusiast but not with this narrator. I found that she enunciated each word, especially in the dialogue, so much so that I kept thinking she was targeting her reading to a 2 year old. However, I did finish the book so it certainly wasn't the worst narration I've endured.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Salli Lincoln, NE, United States 01-30-12
    Salli Lincoln, NE, United States 01-30-12 Member Since 2008
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    "A good fun listen"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy Monica Ferris books for being light, interesting mysteries. Read the series in order, starting with this one. I must say, I don't love Susan Boyce's reading style but it doesn't get in the way of my liking the content. Her emphasis seems always to be slightly off for my taste. But I've thoroughly enjoyed the whole Crewel World series and wish Audible would get the rest of the books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jill buena Park, CA, United States 12-28-11
    Jill buena Park, CA, United States 12-28-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Nice start for Cozy Mystery Series"

    In this first book of Monica Ferris' Needlecraft Mystery Series, big-city gal, Betsy Devonshire's life comes crashing down around her.

    An almost penniless Betsy, loads up her middle-aged, high-flying self and heads to stay with her widowed, sister Margot. Margot, is a successful, needlecraft shop owner in small town, Excelsior, Minnesota.

    You might want to Curl up with a Cuppa Cocoa, because it's gonna be a while, for the murder to occur. Ferris establishes strong characterizations, in the early chapters that evoke an appealing ambiance about the real-life, town of Excelsior.

    Margot, gets Betsy working in the shop, to revive her sagging spirits. Betsy learns more about the curious world of needlework, a complicated sub-culture with practices, etiquette, and a language all its own. What she doesn't learn until it's too late is that Margot has an enemy who is willing to kill.

    Now, as Margot's grieving heir, Betsy reluctantly takes on not only the responsibility
    of a small town business, but the job of finding out who could have murdered her exceedingly, popular, kind-hearted, sister.

    Clues to the perpetrator are subtle, and sprinkled throughout the book. The solution to the mystery, when revealed, is intriguing and satisfying. Betsy Devonshire and the other characters grow, through this poignant and harrowing experience. They emerge from the story and feel like old friends, we'll enjoy meeting again, in the future books of the Needlecraft Mystery Series.

    I hope Susan Boyce, will be the narrator again, she is perfect! A very enjoyable listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jane MADISON, WI, United States 09-13-12
    Jane MADISON, WI, United States 09-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Please Kill Someone Sooner"

    I got to the point in this book when I just yelled, die someone, die. Too much backstory, present story, fluff. Once someone died, it wasn't too bad. I don't know if this will tempt me to listen to other books in this series. Not bad, not great. Good thing it was short.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey Fountaintown, IN, United States 08-29-12
    Tracey Fountaintown, IN, United States 08-29-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Very Light"
    What did you like best about Crewel World? What did you like least?

    An okay read. Not one I would recommend if you like a story with good twists and turns.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James W. Rossiter 08-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Predictable"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better reader.


    What could Monica Ferris have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not well read, in fact I nearly stopped listening.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Reading seemed wooden and many times the accent fell on the wrong words. Very annoying.


    Any additional comments?

    Though the story was fairly predictable, I enjoyed several of the characters. Could be a fun, mindless chic-lit if the proper performance was there.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Mount Pleasant, UT, United States 08-11-12
    Wendy Mount Pleasant, UT, United States 08-11-12 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "The narrator is just too monotone for me!"
    Would you try another book from Monica Ferris and/or Susan Boyce?

    not sure


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    liked the details of and the story


    How could the performance have been better?

    She is just so monotone!


    Did Crewel World inspire you to do anything?

    get back to needle point


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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